ESM215 - Problem Solving, Modelling and Mathematical Applications


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - online

1 x 2-hour online seminar per week 

Students are also expected to engage with the weekly pre-recorded 1-hour lecture and in at least 6 hours of directed and/or independent study per week, including engaging with readings.


This unit address theoretical and practical aspects of problem solving and mathematical modelling, as well as introducing students to one of the major modern applications of mathematics, public key cryptography. Participants will be expected to access significant print and on-line national and international literature in the area, engage in the process of solving non-routine problems and applying the modelling process, and reflect on the strategies they used and the solution paths they followed.

Topics include: the nature of mathematical problems and the problem solving process; problem posing and mathematical investigations; communicating mathematical explanations and proof; the concept of a mathematical model and the modelling process; applying the modelling process to real world problems; the role of problem solving and modelling in the real world; and an introduction to public key cryptography.

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